“If only I could score one goal… ” | Segye Daily

As long as the season continues, even a superstar is bound to suffer for a certain period of time. However, due to the nature of the sluggishness in the very beginning of the season, both players and fans are likely to be concerned. If the initial slump is prolonged, the overall flow of the season may be disturbed.

Tottenham striker Son Heung-min feels regret after missing a goal during the match against Nottingham Forest at the City Grounds in Nottingham, England on the 29th. The photo on the right shows Hwang Hee-chan competing for the ball with the opponent’s defense in the match against Newcastle at Molyne Stadium in Wolverhampton, England on the 28th. Nottingham = AFP Yonhap News / Wolverhampton = Reuters News 1

Korea’s representative strikers Son Heung-min (30) and Hwang Hee-chan (26), active in the English Premier League (EPL), faced such a worrying slump. On the 6th, in the opening match of the 2022-2023 season, he scored attack points with help, but did not score a goal until the fourth round. Heung-Min Son started the game against Nottingham Forest at the Nottingham The City Ground in England early on the morning of the 29th, but failed to score. In the 29th minute of the second half, he was replaced by His-Charles Lisson and left the field, expressing his dissatisfaction, and he did not hide his frustration. In addition, Hwang Hee-chan also came in as a substitute in the 39th minute of the second half against Newcastle at Molyne Stadium in Wolverhampton, England on the night of the 28th, but failed to score.

Heung-Min Son’s goal silence is getting longer as a number of factors overlapped at the beginning of the season. Above all else, the restraints were much stronger. Opposing teams in the symbolism of being the top scorer of the previous season started to block Heung-Min Son as their top priority, and the number of goals scored also decreased as the space for unique breakthroughs and shootings decreased. Instead, attacking partner Harry Kane, who had been extremely sluggish in the beginning of last season, got out of control and this season is raging with four goals in four games. Tottenham won 2-0 thanks to Kane’s multi-goal.

Son Heung-min’s condition is not 100% either. In the aftermath of coach Antonio Conte’s unique intense physical training following the offseason, the overall Tottenham squad is not in perfect shape, and Son Heung-min, whose main weapon is breaking through, seems to be affected a lot.

However, despite the sluggishness, his position in the team is solid. After the match, Conte said, “Heung-min Son may be suffering because he doesn’t score right now. “But he has to keep believing in himself,” he said. “We believe in him.” If Son Heung-min scores a goal in the match against West Ham on the 1st of next month, it is expected that he will be able to quickly regain his original form in his solid position.

On the other hand, Hwang Hee-chan is facing a much bigger crisis. Above all, Wolverhampton lost their starting position by signing Gonzalo Gedez from Valencia after starting the opening two games. Following the previous 3rd round match against Tottenham, he was put into the last minute of the second half of this day, and his time on the field has been greatly reduced. In addition, a clearing mistake in the 45th minute of the second half, where the team was leading 1-0 on that day, provided an excuse for a goal to tie. Recently, rumors of Hwang Hee-chan’s transfer to teams such as Leeds and Everton are pouring out. A beacon goal is desperately needed to prepare for any case of a transfer to a new team or a challenge to a start again at Wolverhampton.

Reporter Pil-woong Seo [email protected]

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